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by PauloL
Sat Jul 22, 2017 11:18 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Dualism II
Replies: 38
Views: 4771

Re: Dualism II

. À propos the current article by Michael Shermer in Scientific American: Who are You? Memories, points of view and the self. Copying your brain's connectome (the diagram of its neural connections) and uploading it to a computer, that wouldn't be a copy of yours, allowing you to survive death. The s...
by PauloL
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:51 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Dualism II
Replies: 38
Views: 4771

Re: Dualism II

. Arising , on your questions: I don't have a living example of a brain in a tank, but the most extreme examples of minimal consciousness I know are the works by Adrien M. Owen, published by Nature and perhaps better read in Scientific American (May 2014), in which he could communicate with some co...
by PauloL
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:01 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1471
Views: 152048

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

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I have a question for determinism and free will experts:

Is it deterministic whether a person wins a lottery? Or determinism doesn't apply to anything outside human behavior?

I think determinism even applies to rolling dice, but I'm not sure.




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by PauloL
Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: General Philosophical Discussion
Topic: Free Will vs Determinism
Replies: 1471
Views: 152048

Re: Free Will vs Determinism

I have a question for determinism and free will experts:

Is it deterministic whether a person wins a lottery? Or determinism doesn't apply to anything outside human behavior?

I think determinism even applies to rolling dice, but I'm not sure.
by PauloL
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:19 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hi from Portugal
Replies: 25
Views: 4306

Re: Hi from Portugal

RogerFarinha wrote:
Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:45 pm
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Roger, maybe it's too early to call that a movement. So if you omit that, it'll be easier.




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by PauloL
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hi from Portugal
Replies: 25
Views: 4306

Re: Hi from Portugal

. I like very much your term "survivalist" instinct and perhaps I'd call those residual people who try to keep as much as possible of residual mentality in a more advanced order survivalists . Makes me remember Orwell's Animal Farm , translated into Portuguese as The Triumph of the Pigs , a rare ca...
by PauloL
Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:09 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hi from Portugal
Replies: 25
Views: 4306

Re: Hi from Portugal

. Roger , I appreciated your article and think that yes, I may be in line with that radical social revolution, something left behind by the French Revolution and American liberal ideals. That's why the so called freedom of speech so much proclaimed in our society is so easily circumvented by intole...
by PauloL
Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:29 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Calling all consciousness deniers
Replies: 18
Views: 2572

Re: Calling all consciousness deniers

I am copying my reply from the Dualism II post here because it applies: Consciousness will never be explained or even studied by Science as long as Scientists proclaim that there is no such thing as Consciousness or that it is just an Illusion. What can you do when people say there is no Hard Probl...
by PauloL
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Dualism II
Replies: 38
Views: 4771

Re: Dualism II

. Steve: In fact scientism boycotted any further investigation on the mind by deriding its study as associated to spiritism, for instance, something scientifically unsound, but curbing anyone interested in studying honestly the mind as an entity. . To substantiate this boycott by scientism, just lo...
by PauloL
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:16 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Dualism II
Replies: 38
Views: 4771

Re: Dualism II

. Arising: I don't think David has not even a very limited memory, unless you call that his 30-second working memory, something that doesn't allow him to retain any memories. Patients without language communicate, but any mammal communicates, too and it is widely accepted that they don't have langua...
by PauloL
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Dualism II
Replies: 38
Views: 4771

Re: Dualism II

. Arising: For discussing dualism, I don't think we need an example of a non-embodied mind, as this is a rational discussion, and, first of all, there are no such examples. I don't even know if it is necessary that there be non-embodied minds for dualism to be true. Only embodied minds are known to ...
by PauloL
Thu Jul 13, 2017 10:34 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Dualism II
Replies: 38
Views: 4771

Re: Dualism II

. Arising: Thanks for your contributions. I only have examples of embodied minds, indeed. Do you have examples of non-embodied minds? Of course I mean other animals have minds, perhaps even insects do have one. Being conscious of oneself requires a mind indeed, but that doesn't help define what you ...
by PauloL
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:01 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do we think better when our thinking is interrupted?
Replies: 5
Views: 823

Re: Do we think better when our thinking is interrupted?

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It's no coincidence that silence helps concentration.

The worst thing that can happen to me is when my thoughts are interrupted and lose them and can't retake them. This happens more commonly when I drive (at slow sleep of course).




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by PauloL
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:48 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Dualism II
Replies: 38
Views: 4771

Re: Dualism II

That's interesting, but a little abstract, and doesn't help decide whether memory for instance is part of consciousness. No duality means, no mind. Mind requires an object of apprehension. No object, no mind. Memory influences perception of object, thus memory is part of consciousness. . Walker : D...
by PauloL
Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Dualism II
Replies: 38
Views: 4771

Re: Dualism II

. Arising , on your questions: I don't have a living example of a brain in a tank, but the most extreme examples of minimal consciousness I know are the works by Adrien M. Owen, published by Nature and perhaps better read in Scientific American (May 2014), in which he could communicate with some co...